Keynote lectures

John Burland

John Burland, UK

Short bio

Born in the UK, Professor Burland was educated in South Africa and studied Civil Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand. He returned to England in 1961 and worked with Ove Arup and Partners for a few years. After studying for his PhD at Cambridge University (where contributed to the development of Critical State Models), He joined the UK Building Research Station in 1966, became Head of the Geotechnics Division in 1972 and Assistant Director in 1979. In 1980 he was appointed to the Chair of Soil Mechanics at the Imperial College London where he is now Emeritus Professor. In addition to being very active in teaching (which he loves) and research, John Burland has been responsible for advising on the design of many large ground engineering projects world-wide including the underground car park at the Palace of Westminster. At the same time that he was working on the Leaning Tower of Pisa he was advising on the stability of the Big Ben Clock Tower. He has received many awards and medals including the Kevin Nash Gold Medal ‘In recognition of outstanding services to ISSMGE, to International Goodwill and to International Geotechnical Practice and Education’.
Paulo B. Lourenco

Paulo B. Lourenco, Portugal

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Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal, and Head of the Institute in Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering, with 200 researchers. Experienced in the fields of non-destructive testing, advanced experimental and numerical techniques, innovative repair and strengthening techniques, and earthquake engineering. Specialist in structural conservation and forensic engineering, with work on 100+ monuments including 17 UNESCO World Heritage. Leader of the revision of the European masonry code (EN 1996-1-1). Coordinator of the European Master on Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions, with alumni from 70+ countries and European Heritage / Europa Nostra Award (most prestigious in Europe). Editor of the International Journal of Architectural Heritage and advisor of the Conference Series on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions. Supervised more than 50 PhD theses and coordinate multiple national and international research projects. Recently awarded an Advanced European Research Council Grant of 3.0 M€ to develop an integrated seismic assessment approach for heritage buildings. Coordinator of a just awarded innovative training network sustainable building lime applications via circular economy and biomimetic approaches with 15 PhD students across Europe.

Paulo B. Lourenco, Portugal

Short bio

Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal, and Head of the Institute in Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering, with 200 researchers. Experienced in the fields of non-destructive testing, advanced experimental and numerical techniques, innovative repair and strengthening techniques, and earthquake engineering. Specialist in structural conservation and forensic engineering, with work on 100+ monuments including 17 UNESCO World Heritage. Leader of the revision of the European masonry code (EN 1996-1-1). Coordinator of the European Master on Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions, with alumni from 70+ countries and European Heritage / Europa Nostra Award (most prestigious in Europe). Editor of the International Journal of Architectural Heritage and advisor of the Conference Series on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions. Supervised more than 50 PhD theses and coordinate multiple national and international research projects. Recently awarded an Advanced European Research Council Grant of 3.0 M€ to develop an integrated seismic assessment approach for heritage buildings. Coordinator of a just awarded innovative training network sustainable building lime applications via circular economy and biomimetic approaches with 15 PhD students across Europe.

Paulo B. Lourenco
Edoardo Alonso

Edoardo Alonso, Spain

Short bio

Eduardo Alonso is Emeritus Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the Civil Engineering School of UPC, Barcelona. He is a past Dean of the School and a past Vice-Rector for research at UPC. His main research interests include the stochastic analysis of soil heterogeneity, unsaturated soil mechanics, rockfill mechanics, dam engineering, coupled thermo-hydro-mechanical, analysis, landslide research and some chemo-mechanical interactions. He is known for his contributions to develop unsaturated soil mechanics and his involvement in a variety of Geotechnical Engineering cases, particularly those involving catastrophic failures. He has acted as a geotechnical consultant in several countries. He is member of the Royal Academy of Engineering of Spain and he is past Editor of ICE journal Géotechnique. Past honorary lectures include Coulomb, Buchanan, Sowers, Croce, Heim, Kezdi, Rocha, BGA Touring lectures, Rankine, Leonards, Ardaman-Wissa, Šuklje and Zeng Guoxi.
Efrain Ovando Shelley

Efraìn Ovando Shelley, Mexico

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Civil Engineer (UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1977), Master of Engineering, (Applied and Theoretical Mechanics, UNAM, 1980), MSc, DIC (1982, Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology, Imperial College, London), Ph D (1986, Soil Mechanics, Imperial College, London). Research Engineer at the Instituto de Ingeniería, UNAM, from 1986; lecturer at the School of Engineering (undergraduate and post graduate courses), from 1989. Author of several dozens of publications –research papers, technical reports, books and book chapters. Has performed research on the behaviour of loose granular materials and has looked experimentally at the static and dynamic behaviour of the soft lacustrine Mexico City clays. Has also been involved in numerous Foundation Engineering problems including the project for the geometrical correction of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral and the now cancelled project for a new airport for Mexico City at a site with extremely soft and very compressible soils. He has also participated in projects for the conservation of pre-Hispanic and colonial monuments in various Mexican cities acting as geotechnical consultant for Mexico’s Secretary of State for Culture, for its National Institute of Anthropology and History and also for its Institute of Fine Arts. He is also a core member of TC301, the Technical Committee on the Preservation of Historical Sites and Monuments, ISSMGE.

Efraìn Ovando Shelley, Mexico

Short bio

Civil Engineer (UNAM, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 1977), Master of Engineering, (Applied and Theoretical Mechanics, UNAM, 1980), MSc, DIC (1982, Soil Mechanics and Engineering Seismology, Imperial College, London), Ph D (1986, Soil Mechanics, Imperial College, London). Research Engineer at the Instituto de Ingeniería, UNAM, from 1986; lecturer at the School of Engineering (undergraduate and post graduate courses), from 1989. Author of several dozens of publications –research papers, technical reports, books and book chapters. Has performed research on the behaviour of loose granular materials and has looked experimentally at the static and dynamic behaviour of the soft lacustrine Mexico City clays. Has also been involved in numerous Foundation Engineering problems including the project for the geometrical correction of Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral and the now cancelled project for a new airport for Mexico City at a site with extremely soft and very compressible soils. He has also participated in projects for the conservation of pre-Hispanic and colonial monuments in various Mexican cities acting as geotechnical consultant for Mexico’s Secretary of State for Culture, for its National Institute of Anthropology and History and also for its Institute of Fine Arts. He is also a core member of TC301, the Technical Committee on the Preservation of Historical Sites and Monuments, ISSMGE.
Efrain Ovando Shelley